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About that “Singapore Math” Problem that has Gone Viral

If you spend much time on the internet, you are probably aware that a math problem from Singapore is in the news. It challenges readers to determine Cheryl's birthday based on an impossibly small set of clues. In a report, the New York Times compared this problem to that of the “color-changing dress that blew out the neural circuits of the internet.” The story’s headline: "A Math Problem from … [Keep Reading...]

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Dispatches from 2015 National Math Educator Conferences

This week, I'm attending the 2015 Annual Meetings of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in Boston. I presented Strip Models, Tape Diagrams, and Bar Models, Oh My! at NCSM on Tuesday and will do a similar session at NCTM on Thursday. I'm excited to share some resources that are now available!  New … [Keep Reading...]


Looking for the Best Singapore Math® Materials?

Or resources to help students? These new pages should help. Every year, I respond to hundreds of inquiries from teachers, administrators and parents seeking more information about the Singapore Math curriculum. Some want to learn more about Math from Singapore and why it is so successful. Others are looking for specific resources to use in the classroom or for home enjoyment. Others still … [Keep Reading...]

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Previewing NCTM 2015 Conference Singapore Math Sessions

The NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Annual Meeting & Exposition program is now online and it's time for my annual review of Singapore Mathematics sessions. Due to Common Core and the progressions documents, I've included sessions on Tape Diagrams and Strip Models as well as those on traditional Singapore Math® strategies.  The number of overall choices is one more than … [Keep Reading...]

Top 10 Tips


I get LOTS of questions from teachers and administrators with questions about the Singapore Math® program. Recently, several fellow trainers have reached out to seek my advice (Wow!). One asked: What would you are say the biggest 10 things to consider when using/implementing a Singapore Math curriculum? Here's my … [Keep Reading...]

Making Math Masters


My students love math class. In fact, many will tell you math is their favorite subject. Why? They’ll tell you it’s because Singapore math is fun. I’d say it’s because once they understand how math works, they become confident in their abilities. So what exactly is Singapore math? Wait, math from Singapore? Isn’t that … [Keep Reading...]

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Beth Curran Preschool – 6th Grade Math Department Chair, St. Anne’s-Belfield School Singapore Math Teacher and Trainer

Our Journey to Singapore: A Singapore Math Adoption Success Story

For some time, I've wanted to share stories of schools that have successfully implemented a Singapore Math curriculum. To present the first such case study, I asked my colleague Beth Curran to … [Keep Reading...]


Happy Pi Day!

Why Pi Matters - Steven Strogatz The beauty of pi, in part, is that it puts infinity within reach. … [Keep Reading...]

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Who to see at National Math Educators Conferences this year?

Me! As a full-time trainer and instructional coach, I know the importance of professional development and continuing education. Since embarking on this career path seven years ago, I’ve attended … [Keep Reading...]


It can’t all be Singapore Math…

This tweet posted by the National Council on Teacher Quality (@NCTQ) caught my eye: Now, I've heard decomposing called "branching" but can't remember ever seeing this in a Singapore … [Keep Reading...]

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You Can Bar Model Anything!

A fourth grader at a school I worked with this year included this on a Christmas card for her teacher. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for an Outstanding New Year!   … [Keep Reading...]

Giving Thanks

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I’ve just returned from my tenth consecutive week of travel and welcome the arrival of Thanksgiving. A brief break from out-of-town training and coaching jobs affords the opportunity to once again … [Keep Reading...]

Blue=School Training; Yellow=BER Seminar or Conference; Green=School Training and BER Event; Red=SDE Conference

In each of the past few years, I've taken some time to reflect on the wonderful opportunities I've experienced during the preceding 12 months (Here are Giving Thanks reflections from 2012 and … [Keep Reading...]